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ERIC Number: ED550556
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 84
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2678-9208-9
ISSN: N/A
Middle School Students' Perceptions of the Learning Environment and Middle School Students' Reading Achievement
Monix, Demetria Dianna
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Union University
Research shows the effectiveness of encouraging safe and supportive learning environments for all students. Unfortunately, many of today's classrooms fail to positively implement these learning environments, especially within middle schools. The assumption for students struggling with reading has often been associated with low teacher expectations, with a reduction in students feeling safe in their learning environment, hence, hindering students' opportunity for advanced critical-thinking to take place. The comfort level of students' using prior knowledge to increase learning and reading opportunities in specific content areas is vitally important towards their overall academic success. This study was designed to investigate if there were a significant difference between middle school students' reading achievement scores and middle school students' perceptions of the learning environment based on gender. An Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) was conducted to determine whether significant differences existed between male and female students. The data utilized in this study was derived from a West Tennessee school district's "School Climate Survey" (student version) and student "Scholastic Reading Inventory" (SRI) Report to answer the specific research questions: (1) Is there a difference between sixth grade students' "Scholastic Reading Inventory" (SRI) scores and sixth grade students' perceptions of their schools as safe learning environments as measured by the "School Climate Survey" (student version) based on gender? (2) Is there a difference between sixth grade students' "Scholastic Reading Inventory" (SRI) scores and sixth grade students' perceptions of their schools as supportive learning environments, as measured by the "School Climate Survey" (student version) based on gender? (3) Is there a difference between sixth grade students' "Scholastic Reading Inventory" (SRI) scores and sixth grade students' attitudes toward learning as measured by the "School Climate Survey" (student version) based on gender? The findings suggested that there were no significant differences in male and female students' perceptions of their schools as safe learning environments and reading achievement scores. The findings suggested there were no significant differences in male and female students' perceptions of their schools as supportive learning environments and reading achievement scores. The findings suggested there were no significant differences in male and female students' perceptions toward learning and reading achievement scores. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page: http://www.proquest.com/en-US/products/dissertations/individuals.shtml.]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; Grade 6; Intermediate Grades; Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Tennessee